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Old 25-08-2017, 04:36   #1
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First-time boat owner - 41' Rhodes Bounty II

Yep! Just bought my first boat, and the reality is still setting in. I believe what I have is a 1957 Rhodes 41' Bounty II (named Hannah B). She has a TON of restoration to do but I think she'll be a fine cruiser once I get some elbow grease in. Does anyone own a bounty or have any advice for a first-time boat owner/restorer? Click image for larger version

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Old 25-08-2017, 05:28   #2
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Re: First-time boat owner - 41' Rhodes Bounty II

Great boat. In the mid-'70's we sailed the boat's later sistership, the Rhodes Reliant. Loved the boat, hated the maintenance! N'any case, you might find some useful contacts here.
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Old 25-08-2017, 08:39   #3
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Well, to my way of seeing things you just hit a homerun on your fist time at bat. You have one of the most famous, since it was one of the first, fiberglass boats. It's the old school, narrow beam, long keel designs. Sea-worthy, sea kindly and built strong enough to break ice and reefs, not that you would want to. Those early boats were laid up by hand and thick! For their length they are not roomy by modern standards, and there are boats that can turn faster, point higher and sail faster, but she is by no means a slow pig at all. Keep her loaded heavily amidships to avoid hobby-horsing, and don't fret about how far she heels, she is designed to do so. Once she is over to 20 degrees or so she settles in comfortably. Once you get her sailing I think you'll see you do have an excellent cruiser.
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Wow, thanks guys!! I'm hoping to get her dried out, off anchors and onto a mooring very soon so I can clean her out and get her ready to be hauled out/surveyed. Season can't come back fast enough for all I wanna get done on her
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Old 25-08-2017, 08:53   #5
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Join the "Plastic Classics" social group! You are now an honorary member with one of the most famous and honored boats! There you will see some links to a total refit of a Pearson Rhodes 41 which was born from the Bounty II. That may give you some ideas and even more appreciation for your boat. Get her out sailing!
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Congratulations you bought a really fine boat. You will love it. Hans Lammers living in Antigua won with his "Sunshine" just about everything that can be won in the Caribbean. I wish you a good restoration - once done come down to Antigua and race in the Antigua Classic Regatta
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Congratulations! Post lots more pics!
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Phil Rhodes was a great designer. Many Cheoy Lee and Hinkley boats were Rhodes designs and are still highly prized. Great first choice. Best of luck. _____Grant.
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Truly classic plastic! You do us all a service restoring this. There aren't enough truly beautiful boats around these days. Personally I'd paint her topsides black but she'll be gorgeous in any color.
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Congratulations! a classic lovely indeed...
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Truly classic plastic! You do us all a service restoring this. There aren't enough truly beautiful boats around these days. Personally I'd paint her topsides black but she'll be gorgeous in any color.
I sure agree they look so beautiful in black or dark blue, alas in the tropics that is a bit of a solar oven. It's almost worth it though!
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O yes. Fine, hefty vessel. Owned and sailed several yrs on "TESS" -- 1966 Rhodes Bounty 11 yawl. Achieved steady 8kts with the leeward windows buried, under nothing but an ill-fitted wannabe jib (because at the time I had no choice in the matter). Vessel eventually purchased by a young naval architect and his wife looking for the "right" (felonious) price on a proven seaworthy vessel to voyage from Boston across the Pacific. They replaced the original atomic 4 engine (horrible) with diesel (no-brainer) with the money saved by taking gross advantage of this 2-boat owner, and we received mail from Tahiti some time later indicating "TESS" and her new owners had weathered a severe storm without damage or loss -- a storm that seriously damaged a number of other vessels in their unofficial transpac flotilla, testifying to their skills of course, but their mail modestly placed their success on the boat. (An obvious glorification of their negotiatory prowess -- achieving high seas robbery without a handgun involved). All that being said, I suspect every sailor who has ever loved his boat wants (needs) her next owner to do her justice regardless. So, sailor, go and do likewise. Give her your all. (CAPT COLIN REES... if you see this, get in touch with "SNOW GOOSE": gwbull@gmail.com)
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I have had mine since 1980. The kids can pry my cold dead fingers off. Pm if you would like to chat.
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